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  • Marriages Performed by the Rev. Josiah Winship, Woolwich Church, Maine (1765- 1821)

    Russell C. Farnham, CG

     Church records are probably the most sought after genealogical record. The fact that these entries were made in journals by the minister performing the marriage, who also had occasion to record the baptisms or deaths of individuals belonging to his church, are surely the foremost reason for the popularity of this record. A record of a marriage performed by the town clerk or a justice of the peace, while also considered an original record, just does not carry the same weight. Those administered and recorded by a man of the cloth are irrefutable evidence, offering little opportunity for challenge.

    To be sure, there are likely exceptions to this personal belief, but for the moment I wish to focus on the marriages performed at the Woolwich Church by the Rev. Josiah Winship, of Boston and Harvard College, who was selected to become minister at the Nequasset Township, Sagadahoc County, Maine in 1764. He was not inclined to accept the invitation to Woolwich [successor of Nequasset] until the following year when he was ordained June 12, 1765, and the Nequasset Church organized by the "seven pillars or founders." They were Rev. Josiah Winship, Samuel Ford, Jonathan Reed, Benjamin Shaw, Joshua Bailey, Samuel Blanchard, and Nathaniel Thwing. Rev Winship would serve fifty-nine years until his death in 1824.

    The marriages performed from 1765 to 1821 by Rev. Winship are from a forty-six-page typescript document abstracted by the Daughters of the Revolution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta, Maine. It has been compared with the original manuscript, and in some instances names and dates as they appear in the DAR document were changed to coincide with the original manuscript [these are underlined]. The DAR document also contains a numerical list of members of the church (1765-1809) and date of admission (1765-1800), including the dates of death of members, the dates they "owned ye covenant," baptisms (1765-1823), and deaths (1765-1824).

    The original copy of Rev. Winship's journal is in possession of Roland Bailey, a member of the Woolwich Historical Society. A photocopy is on file at the Woolwich town offices and Woolwich Historical Society. As with any transcribed document, researchers should be aware the spelling in the original document is as it appears in Rev. Winship's journal. Variations in surnames and Christian names are commonly found throughout this document. Interested researchers may wish to consult the original manuscript at the Woolwich Historical Society, by prior arrangement with Mr. Bailey. He may be contacted at 1134 Old Stage Rd., Woolwich, Maine 04579, (207)-882-6891.

    [1] Burnette Bailey Wallace and Frances Soule Maher, compilers History of Woolwich, Maine – A Town Remembered (Woolwich Historical Society, 1994), pg 26.

    [2] Typescript, DAR, Records of the Rev. Josiah Winship Woolwich Church, n.d., Maine State Library, Augusta.


    MARRIAGES (1765-1821)

    Robert Lambert to Abigail Savage - June 13, 1765
    William Levy to Abigail Smith - June 13, 1765
    Abraham Preble to Elizabeth Welth (Bowdenham) - August 26, [ditto]
    Thomas Howard to Mary Stinson - October 31, [ditto]

    Thomas Smart to Elizabeth Pain - February 27, 1766
    David Rowel to Patience Greenleaf - May 22, [ditto]
    William Slowman to Lydea Gray of Pownalboro - November 6, 1767 [ditto]
    John Night to Sarah Dunton of Squam Island - November 27, 1767, [ditto]
    Samuel Chamberlain to Isable Boulton - November 27, [ditto]
    Lemuel Trott to Martha Motherwell - December 25, 1766

    Christopher Webb to Betty Smith - January 15, 1767
    Thomas Rice Esq to Rebeckah Kingsbuary (Pownalbo) - [ditto]
    Andrew McFadden to Lucy Thomas - February 5, [ditto]
    Ezra Parker to Mary Crague - March 4, [ditto]
    Isaac Savage to Deborah Soul - [ditto] 26, [ditto]
    Charles Curtice to Lydea Soul - April 30, [ditto]
    David Gilmore Jr to Julian C. Smart - July 16, [ditto]
    James Revice to Lettis Rodgers of Squam - Septem 3, [ditto]
    Samuel Jellison to Phebe Temple (Bowdenham) - [ditto] 17, [ditto]
    John Decker Jr. to Hannah Cain (Pownalbo) - Novem 12, [ditto]
    Thomas McFadden to Hannah Savage - December 31, [ditto]

    John Cross to Sarah Smith - June 13, 1768
    Gabriel Hambleton to Sarah Metcalf (Pownalbo) -[ditto] 20, [ditto]
    Nathaniel Foster to Dolle Chatman - July 7, [ditto]
    Samuel Dunton to Lydea Crosby (Jeremysquam) - November 17, [ditto]

    John Brown to Lucy Richardson - July 19, 1769
    Obadiah Roberson Jr to Sarah Sylvester (Pownalbo) - August 27, [ditto]
    Stephen Greenleaf to Mary Nights (Squam) - Novem 23, [ditto]

    Solomon Walker Jr to Sylva Dillano - January 11, 1770
    Moses Gray to Pheby Lancaster - February 8, [ditto]
    James Smith to Mary Curtice - April 16, [ditto]
    James Gray to Susannah Walker - Novem 15, [ditto]
    Elijah Grant to Hannah William - [ditto] 22, [ditto]
    Henary Quint to Sarah Honewell (Pownalbo) - December [ditto]

    David Young to Rachel Grant - June 15, 1771
    William Slowman to Abigail Greenleaf (Pownalbo) - August 15, [ditto]
    Remington Hobby to Anstrus Gardner - October 28, [ditto]
    Joel Reed to Eunice Webb - December 19, [ditto]

    Stephen Walker to Sebelle Williams - July 16, 1772
    Jacob Rowel to Hannah Carlton - August 6, [ditto]
    Joseph Foster to Ann Gray - October 18, [ditto]
    Cornelious Horn to Mercy Chaples (Cape Newag'n) - Novem 5, [ditto]
    Samuel Mains to Margaret Grace - [ditto] 26, 1772
    Joshua Bailey Jr to Sarah Webb - December 31, [ditto]

    Jonathan Colburn to Abigail Young of Pownalbo - January 14, 1773
    Daniel Smith to Mary Wright - [ditto] 28, [ditto]
    Nathaniel Williams to Susannah Gray - March 11, [ditto]
    Benjamin Brown to Susannah Shaw - May 27, [ditto]
    Asa Emerson to Parsis Brown (Hallowell) - October 17, [ditto]
    Peleg Smith to Ann Webb - November 9, [ditto]

    John Gray to Mehetable Bowen - September 1, 1774
    Jonas Mitchel to Sarah McFarland - November 6, [ditto]
    Car Barker to Sarah Harnden - December 8, [ditto]

    Thomas Leamon to Lydea Getchell - January 22, 1775
    Benjamin Shaw to Mary Brookens - [ditto] 25, [ditto]
    John Curtice Jr. to Mary Farnham - May 4, [ditto]
    John Wheeler to Dorothy Coombs (Bodinham) - November 2, [ditto]

    Amos Reed to Anna Webb - January 18, 1776
    Daniel Ring to Lydia Savage - February 1, [ditto]
    Israel Smith to Jane Webb - [ditto] 15, [ditto]
    Timothy Williams to Meriam Tomson - March 29, [ditto]
    Daniel Farnham to Lois Rowel - June 13, [ditto]
    Elisha Grant to Lydea Gould - July 26, [ditto]
    Ebenezer Preble to Martha Smith - August 15, [ditto]
    Timothy Dunton Jr. to Nancy Smith - September 5, [ditto]
    John Gould to Abihail Gray - November 7, [ditto]
    Jonathan Eams Jr. to Thankful Young - [ditto] 13, [ditto]

    Joseph Witham to Sarah Hickey (Jermysquam Island) - March 20, 1777
    Samuel Greenleaf Jr. to Abigail Sheldon - September 18, [ditto]
    John Roberson to Ruth Webb - October 9, [ditto]

    Daniel Card to Hannah Butler - March 19, 1778
    Robbert Robinson to Jane Webb - April 16, [ditto]
    Abiather Richardson to Ruth Young - [ditto] 29, [ditto]
    Samuel Preble to Lydea Blen - July 14, [ditto]
    Thomas Motherwell to Rebeckah Preble - October 20, [ditto]

    Samuel Farnham to Martha Rowel - April 8, 1779
    Thomas Cook to Molley Hebbert - May 13, [ditto]
    Richard Harnden to Lucy Wade - October 28, [ditto]
    Seth Hathorn to Sarah Thwing - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]
    Gospe Hooper to Lydea Smith - November 16, [ditto]
    John Robinson to Mary Bailey - December 14, [ditto]
    Ebenezer Brookens Jr. to Mary Bullen - [ditto], 23, [ditto]

    George Couch to Ann Reed - January 19, 1780
    Robbert Stinson to Thankful Winship - April 16, [ditto]
    Joel Card to Hulday Soul - May 1, [ditto]
    Aaron Sawyer to Sally Hodgdon - May 11, [ditto]
    John Soule to Martha Farnham - August 17, [ditto]
    John Blayer to Hannah Rust - November 20, [ditto]
    Thomas Stinson to Nancy Blayer - December 5, [ditto]
    John Wright Jr. to Lucy Brookens - [ditto] 21, [ditto]

    William Sheldon to Margaret Slowman - April 19, 1781
    Ebenezer Deleno to Susannah Webb - July 31, [ditto]
    Ebenezer Hasey Jr to Sarah Hathorn - October 9, [ditto]
    Charles Wade to Mercy Cushaman - [ditto], 25, [ditto]
    Benjamin Curtice to Jemima Curtice - November 22, [ditto]
    Charles Smith to Thankful Sheldon - [ditto], 27, [ditto]
    Ephraim Dilano to Mary Carlton - December 25, [ditto]

    William Roberson to Marry Stinson - January 14, 1782
    Archable McMurphy to Elizabeth Holebrook - May 2, [ditto]
    Levi Hamley to Mary Foster - May 9, [ditto]
    Jeremiah Sprague to Hannah Pain - October 4, [ditto]
    Benjamin Bailey to Mary Dunton - November 14, [ditto]
    Samuel Lummus to Issable Sheldon - December 25, [ditto]
    John Shaw to Margaret Lancaster - [ditto] 26, [ditto]

    Nathaniel Hathorn to Mary Reed - January 22, 1783
    William Hunnawill to Rebekah Snell - [ditto]
    William Hunter to Martha Reed of Topsham - July 27, [ditto]
    Morril Hilton to Widow Lydea Gould Grant - [ditto] 30, [ditto]
    Peleg Bradford to Hopestill Dilano - September 23, [ditto]
    Captain Samuel Reed to Maryford Winship - November 30, [ditto]
    William Hamley to Mary Slowman - December 4, [ditto]

    John Trott to Phebe Reed - February 5, 1784
    John Blayer to Martha Carlton - March 28, [ditto]
    Thomas Snell to Widow Lydea Slowman - August 22, [ditto]
    Lewis Shilling to Hannah Blagdon - October 31, [ditto]
    James Blenn Jr to Abigail Dileno - November 22, [ditto]
    William Sheldon to Sarah Webb - [ditto], 23, [ditto]

    John Emerson to Rebecckah Hodgden (Edgecomb) - May 4, 1785
    James Stinson Jr to Sarah Stinson - July 31, [ditto]
    John Lancaster to Mary Webb - September 8, [ditto]
    James Hathorn to Mary Thwing - November 9, [ditto]
    Robbert Burford to Sarah Peirce - [ditto] 10, [ditto]
    Joseph Atkins to Jane Blayer - [ditto] 20, [ditto]

    Samuel Hilton to Sarah Gould - February 16, 1786
    Capt. Ebenezer Smith to Susannah Stinson - [ditto], 21 , [ditto]
    Benjamin Grover to Lydea Lancaster - July 27, [ditto]
    Joseph Walker to Elizabeth Gould - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]
    John Perkens to Olive Farnham - September 28, [ditto]
    Ruben Perry to Bridget Slowman - October 12, [ditto]
    Thomas Ward to Elizabeth Worden - [ditto] 15, [ditto
    Cornelious Atkins to Sarah Leeman - [ditto] 26, [ditto]
    Jabez Bowen to Mehetable Write - December 14, [ditto]

    William Stinson to Julian Gilmore - January 18, 1787
    James McKen to Mary Tebbetts - March 22, [ditto]
    Ephraim Sheldon Jr to Rachel Smith - May 10, [ditto]
    David Blenn to Lucy Fuller - June 21, [ditto]
    Josiah Brookens Jr to Elizabeth Bailey - July 14, [ditto]
    John Bailey Jr to Susannah Hodgdon - November 13, [ditto]
    William Sheppard to Lucy Brown - [ditto] 29, [ditto]

    Thomas Walker to Lidea Ward - May 25, 1788
    James Mansfield to Emily Ceasey [sic] - August 5, 1788
    William McFadray [sic] to Abigail McFarling - November 13, [ditto]
    Zebediah Farnham to Jane Carlton - December 16, [ditto]
    Joseph Write to Molley Brookens - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]
    Capt. Abner Wade to Hopestill Bradford - [ditto], 17, [ditto]
    William Stinson to Mary Fullerton - [ditto], 25, [ditto]

    Robert Perkins to Elisabeth Hodgdon - June 18, 1789
    Theophilus Blenn to Patience Gray - October 6, [ditto]
    Jonathan Preble to Nancy Walker - [ditto] 13 , [ditto]
    William Harnden to Rachel Wade White - December 22, [ditto]

    Jacob Hathorn to Cloe Shaw - January 17, 1790
    John Hathorn Jr. to Elizabeth Gray - June 3, [ditto]
    Edward Savage to Sarah Smith - [ditto] 8, [ditto]
    Peleg Tallman to Elenor Clark of Bath - [ditto], 15, [ditto]
    Benjamin Grover to Joanna Trott - August 21, [ditto]
    Thomas Snell to Susannah Hutchinson - Septem 15, [ditto]
    William Blayer to Mary Blenn - [ditto] 19, [ditto]
    Luther Webb to Martha Cushman - October 7, [ditto]
    James Buker to Jane Write - [ditto] 21, [ditto]
    Joseph Curtis to Molley Lancaster - November 1, [ditto]

    John Tebbets to Patience Farnham - January 18, 1791
    Phineas Farnham to Betsey Stinson - [ditto] 25, [ditto]
    Andrew Savage to Tamson Tebbetts - April 10, [ditto]
    Dr. Ebenezer Emerson to Sarah Stinson - May 15, [ditto]
    George Bailey to Rebecca Goold - July 3, [ditto]
    Peter Fisher to Sarah Foster - [ditto] 31, [ditto]
    Aaron Hilton to Lydea Webb - August 18, [ditto]
    Convers Lilly to Sarah Reed - November 13, [ditto]
    John McKenney Jr to Azuba Walker - [ditto], 17, [ditto]
    Robbert Hanson to Lucy Blanchard - December 22, [ditto]

    John Bailey Jr to Susannah Brookens - January 17, 1792
    Abner Perkins to Abigail Slowman - February 21, [ditto]
    Richard Nowles Jr to Mary Blayer - June 7, [ditto]
    William Whitmore to Rachel Adams - November 28, [ditto]

    Capt. Lemuel White to Thankful Delino - January 10, 1793
    Solomon Walker 2nd to Tabithy Card - February 21, [ditto]
    Nathaniel Williams to Mehetable Preble - April 11, [ditto]
    William Fullerton Gilmore to Hannah Carlton - July 30, [ditto]
    Francis Blen to Sarah Brookens - October 1, [ditto]
    Lemuel Preble to Margaret Gilmore - [ditto] 31, [ditto]
    Pembleton Edgcomb to Margaret Penaman - December 26, [ditto]

    Josiah Brookens Jr to Eunice Dunton - February 4, 1794
    Lemuel Carlton to Sarah Trott - July 10, [ditto]
    Samuel Soul to Joanna Farnham - August 21, [ditto]
    Richard Hunnewelll Leman to Deborah Foster - September 10, [ditto]
    Capt. Ebenezer Smith to Janet McKown - November 27 , [ditto]
    Charles Curtise Jr to Hannah Lancaster - December 25, [ditto]

    Joseph Carlisle to Lucinda Williams - February 26, 1795
    William Julian Gilmore to Mary Trott - [ditto]
    Benjamin Webb to Eunis Day - May 10, 1795
    Stephen Lancaster to Nancy Carlton - September 20, [ditto]
    Luk Lambert Jr to Julian Smart - October 3, [ditto]
    William Partridge to Susannah Main - December 24, [ditto]
    Timothy Williams Jr to Abigail Blackman - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]

    Job White to Mary Slowman - January 7, 1796
    George Trott to Sarah Carlton - [ditto], 17, [ditto]
    Thomas Trott to Sarah Fullerton - February 11, [ditto]
    Samuel Goold Jr. to Lydea Walker - March 3, [ditto]
    Asa Whitten Jr. to Hannah Smith - [ditto] 10, [ditto]
    David Wentworth to Abigail Gray - August 28, [ditto]
    Ebenezer Brookens to Hannah Sprague - October 27, [ditto]
    David Hathorn to Hannah Goold - November 3, [ditto]
    David Bailey to Prudence Hodgdon - [ditto] 8, [ditto]
    John Kelley to Jennet Gilmore - [ditto], 24, [ditto]
    Thomas Kimbal to Joanna Hathorn - December 18, [ditto]

    Paltiah Getchell to Mary Walker - January 23, 1797
    Thomas Trott to Elizabeth Gilmore - [ditto], 5, [ditto]
    James Ellet to Elizabeth Snell - February 28, [ditto]
    John Brookens to Lucy Lancaster - March 1, [ditto]
    Isaac Hubbard to Lucy Walker - [ditto] 30, [ditto]
    George Lily to Joanna Trott - June 15, [ditto]
    Jordan Tarbox to Patience Soul - July 27, [ditto]
    Benjamin Blanchard to Deborah Farnham - August 17, [ditto]
    Samuel Blanchard to Lydea Curtis - September 24, [ditto]
    Silas Smith to Margaret Blackman - October 26, [ditto]

    Francis Bartlett to Eliza Stephens - March 4, 1798
    Charles Perry to Sarah Blair - May 3, [ditto]
    Robert Hood to Martha Preble - June 3, [ditto]
    John Greenough Thwing to Priscilla Trott - August 26, [ditto]
    Samuel Hunnewell to Rachel Walker - November 29, [ditto]
    William Eliot Jr to Meriam Shaw - December 29, [ditto]

    Peter Walker to Rachel Trott - January 31, 1799
    Philip White to Abigail Nason - February 26, [ditto]
    Jesse Bailey to Eunice Goold - March 28, [ditto]
    Joshua Boynton to Beza Delano - June 13, [ditto]
    Noah Farnham to Miriam Brookens - August 13, [ditto]
    Caleb Stevens to Sarah Green Thomas - October 31, [ditto]
    Nathaniel Goold to Mary Carlisle - November 3, [ditto]
    William Dickerson to Damaris Shaw - December 22, [ditto]

    Joseph Snell to Betsey Bailey - March 12, 1800
    Luther Brookens to Mary Blackman - [ditto] 13, [ditto]
    Clement Collins to Martha Blackman - November 27, [ditto]
    Ephraim Smith to Sarah Gray - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]

    David Gilmore Jr. to Esther Hathorn - February 16, 1801
    George Frazel to Ruth White - April 12, [ditto]
    Charles McKenney to Louis Mitchell - May 12, [ditto]
    Peleg Delano to Sally Day - August 13, [ditto]
    Richard Mitchell to Rhoda Savage - [ditto] 28, [ditto]
    Stephen Stinson to Louis Day - November 12, [ditto]

    John G. Carlton to Hannah Whitten - December 24, 1801
    Oliver Dickerson to Sally Bailey - [ditto] 29, [ditto]

    John Farnham to Mary Bagley - March 7, 1802
    James Tebbets to Abihail Gould - June 20, [ditto]
    Francis Norris to Peggy Blair - October 17, [ditto]
    William Haines to Experience Preble - [ditto] 31, [ditto]
    Jonathan Preble Jr. to Susannah Preble - December 9, [ditto]

    David Owen to Mehetable Reed - February 3, 1803
    Charles Houdlett to Susanna Reed - March 10, [ditto]
    Ebenezer McLoon to Betsey Lilley - April 18, [ditto]
    Ezekiel Walker to Rebekah Blackman - June 14, [ditto]
    Francis Tole to Mary Sprague - August 7, [ditto]
    John Getchell to Nancy Bailey - September 15, [ditto]
    Nathaniel Tibbets to Abihail Gould - [ditto], 27, [ditto]
    Thomas Tibbetts to Abigail Bailey - [ditto], 27 , [ditto]
    Phineas Thompson to Mehetable Preble - October 11, [ditto]
    George Rogers to Betteris Mains - November 6, [ditto]
    Solomon Sevey Jr. to Polley Shaw - December 22, [ditto]

    Charles Carter to Lucy Curtis - February 2, 1804
    Jacob Savage to Sarah Mitchell - May 3, [ditto]
    James Peavey to Rachel Savage - June 28, [ditto]
    John Dennett to Anna Gilmore - August 19, [ditto]
    Ephraim Wilcock to Sarah Curtis - October 28, [ditto]
    John Nutter to Mary Gould - November 4, [ditto]

    Isaac Smith to Thankful Stinson - January 31, 1805
    Samuel Harnden Jr. to Susannah Sergent - March 21, [ditto]
    Isaiah Hedge to Martha Farnham - May 1, [ditto]
    James Blair 3d to Esther Beath - [ditto], 28, [ditto]
    Ebenezer Lancaster to Mercy Trott - June 25, [ditto]
    Lemuell Newall to Esther Curtis - September 15, [ditto]
    Charles Nickels to Lucy Delano - December 10, [ditto]
    Joseph Day to Rachel Motherwell - [ditto] 30, [ditto]

    John Gilmore to Susannah Fullerton - February 27, 1806
    Jonathan Rowell to Clauda Shaw - March 16, [ditto]
    Samuel Hathorn to Abigail Whitten - May 18, [ditto]
    Seph Hathorn 2nd to Mary Hathorn - June 12, [ditto]
    William Fullerton to Rebecca Bailey - September 2, [ditto]
    Simon Slowman to Hannah Thomas - [ditto], 25, [ditto]

    William Trott to Katherine Gilmore - October 22, 1807
    John White to Bethany Curtis - [ditto], 29, [ditto]
    John Delano to Mary Curtis - December 12, [ditto]
    William Williams to Amy Gray - [ditto] 22, [ditto]

    William Pain to Ruth Curtis - April 24, 1808
    James Mains to Martha Blair - [ditto] 25, [ditto]
    Alfred Stinson to Jane Blair - May 22, [ditto]
    John Card to Elizabeth Reed - October 30, [ditto]

    William Kirk to Mary Atkins - May 14, 1809
    John Stinson to Hopestill Delano - November 4, 1810
    Christopher P Ryan to Joanna F Otis - November 4, 1810

    Thomas Motherwell to Jane M Harnden - May 2, 1811
    Samuel H Fullerton to Jane Delano - October 17, [ditto]

    William Tallman to Mary B Ryan - April 25, 1813
    Francis Preble to Abigail Hodgdon - May 12, [ditto]
    Thurston Card to Joanna Bailey - March 31, 1814
    Able Rice to Joanna Brown - April 10, [ditto]
    Joseph Blackman to Susannah Hathorn - December 29, [ditto]
    Turner Wade to Hannah Farnham - [ditto], [ditto], [ditto]

    James Blair to Mary Monroe - February 21, 1815
    Zebulon Newell to Elizabeth Knowlton - July 30, [ditto]
    Henry Oliver to Betsey C Hodgkins - August 29, [ditto]
    Thomas Stinson Jr. to Mary Hodgkins - November 18 , [ditto]

    John Gilmore to Joanna Stinson - January 7, 1816
    Ephraim Farnham to Olive Turner - May 2, [ditto]
    Joshua Cornish to Linda Harthan - November 18, [ditto]
    Joseph Card to Mary Carter - January 16, 1820

    Timothy Witham to Martha Collins - January 4, 1821

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